When I was a little girl, I never dreamed of getting married like many little girls do. I had Martin Luther King dreams, first female president dreams, but never wedding dreams. Throughout my life I’d hear people talk about getting married like it was finding the cure for cancer, like if they didn’t pick out the right flowers for their day, the world would end. I do understand for the bride at least, the desire to feel more special and more beautiful than anyone else for this one day in their lives. My sister recently got married, and it was beautiful. The thing is, my family never stressed about it. No fuss no muss. My sister knew what she wanted and didn’t feel the need to look at hundreds of dresses and venues, when she had already found the ones that made her happy. For months up to the wedding people would ask me and family “are you ready?” like the apocalypse was coming. We always felt like we were missing something because we responded “ready for what?” I’m not saying that we didn’t care; I’m just saying that it didn’t consume our lives. Anyway when my fascination with the TLC Network began, I could never understand the dedication they had to bride shows! “Say yes to the dress” “Randy to the rescue” “Brides of Beverly Hills” “four weddings” It seemed like anytime I would tune to this channel before 5pm these wedding shows were my only option. Having faith in TLC, I reluctantly started watching. I really did hate the shows for a while. Show after show after show about THE SAME THING. Again, I felt I was missing something. “Why was this so important?” After about a month of watching this painful television, I decided to actually dedicate myself to listening and trying to understand, rather than just rolling my eyes at how pathetic these women seemed. “Say yes to the dress” is now one of my favorite shows. It got me excited for the wedding I never even knew I wanted to have. I’m still not certain about the whole marriage part, but I can tell you that I’ve started looking up dresses online (something I never thought I’d do) so when that day comes (or even if it doesn’t) I will know which dress is the perfect one for me.